By: Lori Anderson
On Friday, June 10, 2016, at 8:00 am in the Raleigh Convention Center, East Wake seniors walked across the stage for one of the most important moments of their lives: graduation. In what was quoted as the shortest graduation on record thus far–45 minutes, Principal Stacey Alston led his class of blue-clad scholars in a formal ceremony.
Senior Amarachi Achonu, one of the four valedictorians, in accordance with East Wake’s four schools East Wake the last ten years, gave the valedictory speech, and the other valedictorians–Logan Jackson, Taylor Barr, and Emily Whitfield–each took part in the ceremony as well. Mrs. Amy Parker led the chorus in the National Anthem and in a send-0ff melody, and Mr. Alan Mason directed the band as they played the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” for the graduated.
For the first time, Wake County required all staff members to wear academic regalia, so there was a sea of black robes and an air of increased formality mixed in with the usual excitement.